Smoked Salmon Dip: Casual AND Elegant

Emily Caruso | Jelly Toast

Combined smoked salmon dip with crunchy bagel chips and the result is both casual and elegant. Read on for our recipe!

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Dips of all kinds are welcome snacks at any gathering. There's hummus, veggie dips and an occasional mystery dip that appears to be made of some sort of cheese. Not that that's a bad thing because dips that are made of cheese are awesome. You can dip anything in cheese and have it come out tasting like heaven.

Besides eating dips, I really enjoy making dips because they are appetizers that can range from simple to super elegant, depending on the ingredients. This Smoked Salmon Dip - with Everything Bagel Chips, if you desire - is my favorite combination of both casual and elegant, as crunchy bagel chips meet beautiful smoked salmon.

Smoked Salmon Dip with Bagel Chips

In full disclosure, I had never even tasted smoked salmon until college when my husband (then boyfriend) ordered a bagel with lox and cream cheese topped with a slice of tomato. I looked at him a little oddly before happily hunkering down to enjoy my order of an everything bagel with strawberry cream cheese. Yes, I know, I have a weird favorite bagel/cream cheese combination. Please don' hold that against me.

My strawberry cream cheese didn't look very sophisticated compared to his smoked salmon, although he didn't bat an eye at my odd selection - which pleased me greatly.  It also got me thinking that maybe his bagel with fish on it could would be tasty, too. So I tried a bite and it turns out that it was surprisingly delicious. Ever since then, I have enjoyed smoked salmon in many forms. This dip is at the top of my favorite ways to eat smoked salmon.

This Smoked Salmon Dip is the perfect marriage of flavors and textures. Creamy dip served with crunchy, garlicky bagel chips. The smokiness of the salmon compliments the brininess of the capers and earthiness of the fresh dill.  A bit of lemon brightens the entire dip and rounds out the flavors in a way that makes it perfect for even the most sophisticated of cocktail parties.

Or you can eat it standing at your kitchen counter because you simply can't stop eating; it's that good. Though I wouldn't know anything about that. Enjoy!

    6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 4 ounces fat free cream cheeses, softened
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red onion, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1/2 lemon-worth lemon juice
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon, finely chopped and divided
  • 2 tablespoons dill, fresh, chopped and divided

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add mayonnaise, cream cheese, capers, onion, horse radish, 2 oz of salmon and 1 Tablespoon of dill.
  2. Process until mixed well, but not completely smooth, about 15-20 seconds.
  3. Transfer mixture to a small bowl and stir in reserved smoked salmon and dill.
  4. Serve with everything bagel chips or assorted crackers.

 


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Source: Martha Stewart
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Emily is known for her absurdly beautiful food photography and coffee co-dependencies on her Jelly Toast Blog. On Food Fanatic, she shares a third addiction: fabulous snacks.

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I am not sure why I have never thought of this!! I have some bagels in the freezer which are probably a little "ehh" after being frozen for a while, so why not slice them up and make my own bagel chips! And I love me some lox on my bagels (the fiance has not gotten as into it as you did with your husband) - so this looks amazing for my family to enjoy next time we get together!

Amber
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Such a pretty dip! I can't wait to make these bagel chips. Genius idea.

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